Monodisperse clusters in charged attractive colloids: linear renormalization of repulsion

Stepan Ruzicka, Michael Allen

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Experiments done on polydisperse particles of cadmium selenide have recently shown that the particles form spherical isolated clusters with low polydispersity of cluster size. The computer simulation model of Xia et al. (Nat. Nanotechnol. 2011, 6, 580) explaining this behavior used a short-range van der Waals attraction combined with a variable long-range screened electrostatic repulsion, depending linearly on the volume of the clusters. In this paper, we term this dependence "linear renormalization" of the repulsive term, and we use advanced Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the kinetically slowed down phase separation in a similar but simpler model. We show that amorphous drops do not dissolve and crystallinity evolves very slowly under linear renormalization, and we confirm that low polydispersity of cluster size can also be achieved using this model. The results indicate that the linear renormalization generally leads to monodisperse clusters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Early online date3 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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